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Bunn Happy To Get Back To Winning Ways

24 October 2018

Manager Frankie Bunn was full of praise for his team last night after over coming a stern Cheltenham Town defence in the 2-0 win on Tuesday night.

Latics scored two goals in the final 20 minutes of the game through Jonathan Benteke’s first league goal and a piece of individual brilliance from Callum Lang.

The win also provided a turn in home form and Bunn had nothing but compliments for the way in which his side kept going until the end.

“We came out the blocks starting the game really brightly and we got after them, they had a freekick in the first half that was glanced wide but that was it.” He said.

“We've had Gevaro (Nepomuceno) and Jose (Baxter) in good areas with good opportunities, but they didn’t take them and that's been the story for us at home since the start of the season.

“What I will say about these bunch of lads is that they're still new and they're still gelling, but they keep going until the end and I'm delighted for Jonathan and Callum who kept plugging away to get their goals.”

Latics had to dig deep in order to get a result against a Cheltenham side set up to frustrate the home side with the red card making the visitors sit even deeper in the second half.

However, Bunn’s men kept on knocking at the door until the breakthrough which the Oldham manager was delighted with.

“Every single one of them including the subs didn't give up and that's what we're trying to instil in the group.” He commented.

“We had plenty of other chances as well, but the lads never got down about it and I was pleased that the supporters didn’t get on our backs.

“Sometimes it’s hard playing against 10 men, it’s frustrating at times and we tried to overload in the wide areas with the full backs pushing on since we had two versus one at the back.”

Bunn was also happy with the quality of the goals his side scored, but he still feels that the squad need to express themselves more out on the pitch.

“Jonathan’s was a scruffy finish, but all goals are great goals and it doesn't matter how they go in.

“Rob Hunt has done terrific down the left-hand side, whipped a great ball in and Jonathan's done what centre forwards should do, get across the front post to score and then Callum has a bit of individual brilliance to slot his goal home.

“I'm happy how we saw the game out, we were still looking for the second goal, but we were a little bit cautious and edgy in our decision making, so we just said play with a bit more freedom and then it's just a little bit of quality in the final third.”

Latics take on Northampton Town on Saturday with Bunn already looking ahead to that game with the side full of confidence after a positive result.

“Today's gone now we focus on Northampton who thumped Macclesfield 5-0 so it's going to be a good game.

“The confidence is there, the group's good they're fit, they’re hungry and they keep working regardless of what's happening on the pitch.

Bunn also says that injuries are not going to be an excuse with players needing to step up and show why they should be in the team.

“Injuries haven’t been kind to us and it’s something we have to deal with, with the squad that we’ve got, and we’ve always said the squad will come into fruition.

“People are getting their chance and the people who have got the shirt need to keep it and those without a shirt need to win it back which is what a squad is all about.”

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